Girls not allowed in Scouting until now? Well, some girls have been unofficially participating for years.
Girls in Cub Scouts
Hanna Sauer, now a college freshman, competed in her local Pinewood Derby about ten years ago with her local Scouts. She was one of the girls in Cub Scouts long before the recent policy change. She regularly participated in other youth organizations in her community but felt unfulfilled by crafting and staying indoors.
Her little brother Jacob joined Cub Scouts as soon as he could. He was constantly camping and doing fun activities while Hanna watched. Hanna felt jealous of all the opportunities he had, especially when the Pinewood Derby came along. After a great deal of convincing, Hanna’s dad bought her a car kit too. But, that was not enough. Hanna wanted to both make the car and compete against all of the boys.
Luckily, the Scoutmaster was a family friend and let Hanna participate. She used tools she found in her grandpa’s toolshed to create the car. The finished product was shaped like a turtle. It was painted green and even had a turtle tail.
She soon found out, though, that turtles are not the most aerodynamic shape. She must have taken the tale about the tortoise and the hare a little too seriously! Hanna lost every single race. But, the defeat did not phase her. This experience is one of the fondest memories she has.
Hanna is so grateful for this experience she had at a young age. Being quite the tomboy, she found it hard to find activities she really enjoyed. Scouting filled a void for her.
“It’s incredible that girls are able to join Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts now, because I know there are a lot of little girls out there who were just like me when I was their age. They want nothing more than to get the same chances that the boys are getting. It is also really incredible that girls will be able to earn the title of Eagle Scout. I know that saying you’re an Eagle Scout goes a long way with some college and job applications. There is not really another equivalent out there for Girls.”